• Britain on Film launches on BFI Player

    Britain on Film is a new National Lottery-funded project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the film and TV archives of the UK, including 100s of titles from the Yorkshire Film Archive collections.  This newly accessible material from across the UK presents a Britain that is vibrant, diverse and eccentric whilst shining a light on issues and situations that affect every generation.

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  • Lyon's Grocer's Shop, Market Weighton

    This 1957 film takes a look at a day in the life of a grocer's shop in a small East Yorkshire town.  Apart from the insight that the film provides into the activities of a grocer's before the onset of the age of the supermarket, it also features some of the household items that were common at that time: Rinse, Omo, and Fairy Snow to name but three.  The shop also boasts an impressive array of Birds Eye frozen food!

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  • 80 Years of the Driving Test

    1st June 2015 marked 80 years since the introduction of the UK's compulsory driving test. This instructional film from the 1960s will certainly raise a few eyebrows; aimed at the female learner-driver, it explains the basic workings of a car ... in a manner that can, at best, be described as thoroughly patronising!

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  • A sunny sojourn in Scarborough

    Summer's finally arrived - time for a well-deserved rest at the seaside?  After a dismal day of domestic disharmony, the frazzled 1950s housewife, who stars in this wonderful promo film for Wallace Arnold, certainly thought so. So, pack your cossie and sun hat (or knotted hanky) and join Joan as she heads by coach to Scarborough, with a couple of quick pitstops in York and Thornton-le-Dale en route.

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YFA Selects

1954-1955
3519
A film made by local filmmaker Ernest Taylor, of a Mediterranean Cruise including Mary Clare, Gracie Fields, and June Whitfield....
1944
754
This film is one of many made by local Bradford businessman and Councillor Robert Sharp.  The film features events from the...
1945
2015
This is a film from the Ibberson Collection which provides a good example of colour footage at the end of World War II.  The...
Filmed and Not Forgotten